Fraught Intimacies: Non/Monogramy in the Public Sphere

Fraught Intimacies: Non/Monogramy in the Public Sphere

by Nathan Rambukkana


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774828963
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nathan Rambukkana is an assistant professor in communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the editor of the collection Hashtag Publics: The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks. He blogs at

Table of Contents

Preface: Chasing Non/Monogamy ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Non/Monogamy and Intimacy in the Public Sphere 3

1 The Space of (Intimate) Privilege 22

2 The Adultery Industry: Autonomous Space, Heteronormativity, and Neoliberal Cheating 47

3 Mapping Polygamy: Discourse, Reterritorialization, and Plural Marriage 77

4 The Fraught Promise of Polyamory: New Intimate Ethics or Heterotopian Enclave? 112

Conclusion: Non-Monogamies and the Space of Discourse 146

Appendix: Canada's Criminal Code (C. 26) Statutes on Bigamy and Bigamy 167

Notes 170

References 198

Index 220

What People are Saying About This

Christian Klesse

In this topical and thoroughly researched book, Nathan Rambukkana shows the significance of discourses around monogamy and non-monogamy for the regulation of intimate relationships in the public sphere. By contrasting perceptions of polygamy with depictions of adultery and polyamory, Rambukkana reveals how representations of different forms of non-monogamy are profoundly shaped by multiple forms of privilege, including gender, class, and race-based privileges.

Meg Barker

This is the most important book on non-monogamy to come out in many years. Rambukkana is an excellent writer, and his analysis goes beyond previous research in this area to provide an exploration which is both sophisticated and extremely engaging. The book provides a thorough overview of current cultural understandings of non-monogamy, particularly attending to the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, and class intersect in popular representations. I highly recommend this book to anybody with an interest in relationships.

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